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Old 02-04-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Worn Suspension Repair

Howdy. So I bought my TJ Rubicon in December and just got around to taking it to Four Wheel Parts to get the suspension checked out (for free, btw). The results were:

"Needs uuper and lower ball joints, tie rods, shocks, sway bar bushings, alignment with cams, HEIM joint on trac bar, and tire rotation and balance."
Looking at the Quote they provided, theres an additional "hardware pack" charge for $127.99 and $1,320 in labor (ouch).

-Currie Part CE-9701 - Currectlync Heavy-Duty Tie Rod system 479.99
-Replacement Ball Joint Kit x2 - $115.98
-Steering Stabilizer - $35.99
-ES9000 Shocks Front- $81.98
-ES9000 Shocks Rear - $81.98

I was able to locate all of the parts minus the hardware pack and bushings on their site to total it up to $771.92.
I'm going to order these parts soon but was thinking of just doing the replacement between my stepdad and I. He has much more care experience and knowledge than I, but how hard could the install be? Do any of you have experience with any of these parts, and/or know where I could get them for cheaper? Thanks ya'll.

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Old 02-04-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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Howdy. So I bought my TJ Rubicon in December and just got around to taking it to Four Wheel Parts to get the suspension checked out (for free, btw). The results were:

"Needs uuper and lower ball joints, tie rods, shocks, sway bar bushings, alignment with cams, HEIM joint on trac bar, and tire rotation and balance."
Looking at the Quote they provided, theres an additional "hardware pack" charge for $127.99 and $1,320 in labor (ouch).

-Currie Part CE-9701 - Currectlync Heavy-Duty Tie Rod system 479.99
-Replacement Ball Joint Kit x2 - $115.98
-Steering Stabilizer - $35.99
-ES9000 Shocks Front- $81.98
-ES9000 Shocks Rear - $81.98

I was able to locate all of the parts minus the hardware pack and bushings on their site to total it up to $771.92.
I'm going to order these parts soon but was thinking of just doing the replacement between my stepdad and I. He has much more care experience and knowledge than I, but how hard could the install be? Do any of you have experience with any of these parts, and/or know where I could get them for cheaper? Thanks ya'll.
Ball joints on solid axles are cake as long as you have the right tools. A BJ press and impact make light work of it. I've seen people have to do it by hand with clamps. There's no reason to pay that kind of labor when you can do it for less than half the price yourself and gain some experience. Obviously you'll need an alignment afterwards but in the end I can promise you'll be pleased with your newfound handyman skills.

That being said I've had some work done by 4WP Fresno on my Silverado in the past and ate $1500 because of shoddy work. It's a mini novel but the only thing I'll allow them to install anymore is air in my tires.

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Old 03-29-2014, 07:58 AM   #3
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I am not a paid spokesman, but summit racing parts is my new go to company. I am stationed over seas and I got the top and bottom ball joint on both sides for less than 140 including shipping. That is about 100 less than an auto body shop quoted me. I am pretty sure they ship free in the continental us. Also they have 24-7 sales, which works awesome for me. We will see how the process goes installing.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:50 AM   #4
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I think you'll find that there are quality and in some cases lower cost alternatives to what they have quoted you. For example, for the HD tie rod, you could use stock ZJ steering components for about 1/3 the cost.
Also the labor is pretty straight forward remove and replace kind of work. It's not that hard, especially if you have decent tools. It's totally worth learning how to do it as you never know what you may break on the trail. If you installed it, you'll be able to fix it.
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